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Care home residents watch building being destroyed

Posted on February 2020 By James Southwell

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​Braemar Lodge care home residents, pictured above

​Residents of Salisbury’s Braemar Lodge care home strapped on hard hats and high-vis vests to get a close up view of their neighbouring building being demolished.

Sitting a distance away from the rubble, the Salisbury care home residents were able to watch in amazement behind a safety barrier as construction crews tore down the building located next to their home on Stratford Road. The former building was run as a charity based care home, known as Stratford Court, but long since vacated and is now set to be replaced with a new Braemar Lodge care home.

With plans to open the new care home during the summer of 2022, the current residents of Braemar Lodge will be able to relocate into the newly established 22nd home when it’s ready, so the original Braemar itself can go through a full refurbishment.

One of the residents who attended the demolition viewing was Dennis Johnson, who described the experience as ‘very good fun’ and was actually surprised with how quiet the whole thing was.

Alongside him during the show was Dora Williams, a resident who found herself infatuated with the whole thing after coming from a family with an architect for a father. Dora was also extremely impressed with ‘the amount of work they’ve achieved in such a short amount of time’ and when it came to the noise, she shared the same opinion as Dennis by saying ‘It’s so quiet. I haven’t heard a thing from my room’.

Chief executive of the Braemar Lodge care homes has said ‘We’re aiming to build a new state-of-the-art care home featuring 50 beds to support the Salisbury community’. The care home ultimately aims to be able to provide more jobs and more spots for residents in Salisbury within the next few years.